Everton Football Club has always had a special bond with its local community and Everton in the Community is the Club's official charity.
Everton in the Community was formed in 1988 and became a registered charity in June 2004, with the mission to initiate and deliver a range of engaging sports related activities, programmes and schemes with the aim of making a difference to the lives of people on Merseyside.
In 2009, Everton in the Community changed its name to The Everton Foundation. However, due to high customer demand, a special member’s resolution in September 2010 raised the motion to revert back to Everton in the Community.
This name change is more than a mere cosmetic exercise; it signals that we listen to the feedback of fans and participants of our programmes. It also provides a clear message of what we do and how do it thorough the support of Everton Football Club and our partners, to change the lives of people in Merseyside and North Wales.
Through its pioneering and approach, Everton in the Community has earned a reputation for the delivery of best practice. During the last year alone, it has provided on going development opportunities for over 30,000 participants.
This has resulted in Everton in the Community winning many high profile awards such as:
• European Sporting Industry’s Community Programme of the Year for the development of Imagine Your Goals’ mental health scheme.
• Merseyside Police Award for Community Engagement
• FA Charter Community Award - Disability Programme
• Short listed for the ‘Sprit of Merseyside’ Award
• FA Charter Community Club Award - Mental health programme
• Fair Play Awards for ‘Kickz’ social inclusion project
• Alder Hey Recognition Award
• Mersey Care Positive Achievement Award
• Tony Adams Award for ‘Positives Mental Engagement’
• North West Football Award for Community Scheme of the Year.
The day to day management of Everton in the Community is undertaken by the Executive Team who comprise of Chief Executive Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Deputy Chief Executive Mr Stephen Raynor and Head of Business Development, Quality and Service Improvement, Mr Christopher Clarke.
Everton in the Community has ambitious aims, which it will achieve through having the best people with the right balance of knowledge, skills and experience. We are proud to have hard working, dedicated staff that are committed to making a real difference in our community.